By John Hubbuch
After the first 6 months of 2011 Oak Park has collected about 34% less than expected from parking fines. That's hardly surprising. As the cost of a tickect had more than doubled in recent years, people are ever more vigilant. I'll be surprised if meter revenue isn't also down following increases in parking fees.
I go to movies over 80 times a year, and I frequently have to choose between the Lake Theater in Oak Park and its sister North Riverside Mall Theater. I want to support the Lake, but it costs 50 cents more, and I can park for free at North Riverside instead of $2.50 in Oak Park. So it costs me 50% more to watch Cowboys and Aliens in one theater than in the other. And I don't have to worry about getting a parking ticket in North Riverside.
You don't have to be Adam Smith to understand which choice the rational purchaser of movies might make. Oh , and I live in south Oak Park so I'm about equidistant from the two theaters.
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